Young Boy Gives up Xbox to Buy Blankets for Homeless This Christmas

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, | Monday, December 18, 2017
Young Boy Gives up Xbox to Buy Blankets for Homeless This Christmas

Young Boy Gives up Xbox to Buy Blankets for Homeless This Christmas

Nine-year-old Mikah Frye from Beachwood, Ohio knows that Christmas is truly more about giving than receiving.

Mikah knew his parents were going to get him an Xbox for Christmas--a $300 gift which he was excited to receive, but then he noticed that there were homeless people in his town who were in need, so he decided to give up his Christmas gift to help them.

According to, Mikah told his family that he wanted to use the $300 to buy blankets for those who were homeless. Mikah and his family were able to buy 30 blankets to give to those in need this Christmas.

Mikah also learned that often, when you selflessly give, not expecting something in return, you are blessed unexpectedly.

Microsoft, which manufactures Xboxes, heard about Mikah’s sacrificial decision and planned to also spread some Christmas cheer.

Representatives from Microsoft coordinated with Mikah’s family and planned a surprise for him at a local shopping mall.

“When they called and told me I was just instantly crying on the phone and I couldn’t believe it,” shared Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant. “What’s harder was not telling him.”

On the designated day, Mikah’s family brought him to the mall where he met with Santa and Microsoft employees who gave him two bags of gifts, including an Xbox.

Mikah was overwhelmed by the surprise and so excited by the unexpected blessing. His generosity to the homeless came from a place of genuine understanding. As his mother shared, their family had previously fallen on hard times and had lost their home. They lived in an emergency shelter for a time, so Mikah understands the plight of the homeless better than many nine-year-olds.

What a great example this young man is of the attitude we all should have this Christmas season and throughout the year. 


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Publication date: December 18, 2017